Unfortunately the present state of America's political and cultural division has led us once again to a presidential election that offers Americans a choice between fantasy and reality. The election of Barrack Obama signaled the culmination of the hundred years plus effort by the Progressive movement to incrementally push America into a European brand of Socialism. We are quickly adopting the unmistakable political and cultural characteristics that can define us as such a nation. We may be able keep up the appearance of a representative constitutional republic but it is Kabuki Theater, a show, a dance, a fantasy.
America has devoted significant resources and sacrificed countless American lives throughout its relatively short existence to resist and defeat the failed ancient tenets that underpin the ideology of Socialism, Communism and other oppressive forms of government designed to crush self-governance and the potential of the individual. America is the new idea on history's world stage that gave us the "New World." A world not restricted by geographical boundaries but instead considered a limitless world by its very nature. The negligible price Americans pay for the freedom and prosperity offered by the New World and a government "of the people, for the people, by the people" is the willingness to exercise individual self-governance. The absence of such willingness inevitably leaves government the opportunity to control all aspects of American life. That is our current grim reality.
The first debate of Democrat presidential hopefuls has made it clearer than ever before that America's presidential elections are not about which party will assume the reins of power of our constitutional republic but rather about "the fundamental transformation of America." In other words every presidential election is about whether America will strive to become a Socialist utopia or return to the principles of our founding documents and the idea of America? What is it going to be America, fantasy or reality?
The emergence of a populist America centric technocrat such as Donald Trump does not mean that the Progressive movements' long intrusive march against America's constitutional journey is over. The rise of a candidate like Trump only emphasizes the need for a drastic turn back toward Americanism. The disciples of Progressivism aren't going anywhere; battles will continue to be fought and the larger war to reclaim America's unprecedented mandate certainly hasn't been won. The result of this division has yielded a deadlocked ineffective government. The cries for bipartisan cooperation will do nothing to restore America to any significant degree. All Americans should be grateful to Tea Party types or to "The Freedom Caucus" that represents a small but often effective seawall against the rising tide of Socialism in America. Bipartisanship and compromise is defined by the progressives who virtually occupy the entire Democrat Party as Republican capitulation to every political or social initiative that Democrats present. The so-called center of American politics has continually moved to the left of center since the ink on the original draft of our unique constitution began to dry. Movement toward the political Left may be somewhat predictable because Conservatism requires discipline, but it is not the nature of America. America is designed specifically to save us not only from ourselves, but also from the power hungry maniacs that have ruled over the earth and its people for eons in a tyrannical orgy characterized by death, destruction and oppression. The misnomer of "Progressivism" represents "The Old World." Never has one word garnered so much advantage in a political sense; it is a fantasy. The reality is that Progressivism or modern Liberalism should not enjoy any status whatsoever in relation to the idea of America. Progressivism is in reality regressive in nature, a throwback to history's brutal past that is littered with the bones of the victims who lived under monarchs, dictators, emperors and every other type of despotic ruler known to humankind. Progressivism is not progress. It is regress, or if you prefer, Regressivism.
Will America realize a cooperative bi-partisan future that will effectively ease the daily gridlock experienced in Washington DC? Possibly, but it will only occur when either the limited amount of our representatives who are fighting to retain the idea of America give up or if the center of American politics shifts back to its authentic center Right position. That is the only political climate that might allow compromise with the Left in that it may limit the erosive effect on freedom that accompanies the bulk of Leftist political doctrine. Compromise for the sake of compromise is worthless if it does not promote real American values rather than the list of the fantasy guilt ridden vacuous pronouncements such as "that's not who we are" that are often offered as American creed. America is not like the rest of the world, nor should we desire to be so. We are the different event on the long arc of history, the exception to history's rule. The reality is America's strength is in a large part derived from its exceptionality.
The large constantly moving parts that make up our world can be shattered into dysfunctional pieces at any time yet a static world is the only place that failed Socialist concepts can exist. The attempted application of the variety of totalitarian governments grounded in statist ideals have proven disastrous for many people and nations; their utopian fantasies certainly have not been realized.
Will America succumb to Socialism's Siren song that relieves most of its citizens of personal responsibility as it simultaneously abandons the indispensable economic, social and political conditions that present opportunities for success? Capitalism allows personal achievement for many, socialism guarantees triumph for a chosen politically connected few and mediocrity at best for the rest.
How will you vote?
For a fantasy that promises free everything for all, or for the reality of an America that strives for freedom for all?
Patrick J. Fornari
Author of "Commoner Sense: The Working Person's Guide to America"
A Call to Revolution
by Patrick J. Fornari
Sept 13, 2015
If revolutions are not fought in the Mideast now they will be fought in Europe and America in the near future. America has shaped a unique existence through luck, sacrifice, diplomacy and yes, "revolution." America is the exception to millennia of tyrannical governance and the absence of freedom and individual rights. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Our current administration has accelerated the advancement of Islamic tyranny. The Mideast in many places is a black market weapons bazaar. If disenfranchised populations longing to be free wish to arm themselves they probably can. If not, I'm sure that a simple assurance by sincere freedom fighters who vow to take a step out of the seventh century toward modernity and the adoption of a constitution and bill of rights identical to Americas' own would garner enough attention from America or other western nations to seriously consider arming them.
by Patrick J. Fornari
Aug 18, 2015
Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were...Does anyone really think that questions about Donald Trump, trump the murder, rape and beheading of Christian children who bravely refuse to denounce their faith before the sword and hate of Islam? What does your gut say on this one? Can you hear that inner long lost voice? Is it a whisper or a scream? Or, has it been smothered by the shriek of political correctness?... Perspective, priority and manufactured outrage converge in Pavlovia with disastrous consequence. Conditioned politically correct responses cannot effectively apply perspective, priority or outrage to politics. Only appropriate perspective, rational priority and genuine outrage will serve as a true reflection of your internal voice.
Other Article Published at Magic City:
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- America at Half-Staff Aug 3, 2015
- President Trump? Jul 29, 2015
- Pure of Heart Jul 19, 2015
- Rotten Pig? Jul 14, 2015
- What's my motivation here? Jun 12, 2015
- When Baltimore Burns -- Again May 14, 2015
- A Tale of Two Cities Apr 15, 2015
- "Basic Instinct" April 2, 2015
- "Beware the Ides of March" Mar 17, 2015
- America's "Big Bang" Mar 11, 2015
Patrick J. Fornari was born and raised in Indiana, and spent the first half of his three plus decade construction career working in the Midwest and Western United States, including Illinois, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, California and Arizona. For the second half of his career, he worked construction on several Caribbean islands, giving him a unique perspective on his home country. Fornari currently lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
By Patrick J. Fornari